Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 20, 2012

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Not all weapons are necessary

Since the assassination of JFK there has been more than one million gun-related deaths in this nation, more than 30,000 this year. As a former member of the NRA, I support the Second Amendment but withdrew my membership as their political agenda changed and nonsensical approach in reining in those weapons of carnage.

George Bush No. 41 and General Swartzkoff for various reasons withdrew their membership also. There has to be a common-sense approach in the dealing with this issue of weaponry.

There are .50 caliber rifles that an individual can buy that can kill from 1,000 yards away. What sportsman or home owner needs such firepower?

When I attended grade school, the fear of getting shot was nonexistent. My greatest fear was corporal punishment meted out by the teacher. Believe me I gained my share of “morning blessings.”

To cure these schoolhouse shootings Steve Little’s Dec. 16 letter suggests some sort of armed security be posted. With the tens of thousands of schools across this nation, those conservatives in Congress are already in a cutback mode and wouldn’t fund the exorbitant cost in protecting our children.

God help us if this ever happens in some major ballpark. In most of those school houses, it’s been a pre-planned thought-out operation. If armed guards are posted, then that deranged individual will counter with perhaps body armour.

While in the military, we used the .223 the same caliber that the shooter used in Newtown. Imagine pumping 11 rounds into a 6-year-old child. What would be left to bury or identify? 

In protecting myself I believe the most terrifying sound a night invader can hear is the chambering of a shell in a 12-gauge pump shotgun, not a bushmaster.

Earl Ferguson, Wurtland

Thousands killed without guns

There are powers on earth that are unseen and not measured and beyond imagination. They are  the powers of good and evil, each wanting to control our life and behavior. Which one will we listen to? The choice is ours, which will we listen to?

In the coming days, we will hear again the cry for gun control laws as if that will prevent the killings. Thousands, even millions, have been killed without guns. It is not the weapon itself that must be controlled but the one who uses it.

Is there any protection against this satanic evil power? I’m sure there are many so-called experts ready to answer that, but the following is the only sure one:

“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night nor of the arrow that flies by day nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord who is my refuge even the most high your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you nor any plague come near your dwelling; for he shall give his angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways, in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:5-12)

Have you made God your refuge?

Earl H. Stewart, Grayson

Weapons provide needed protection

I thank The Independent for printing Thomas Sowell's Dec. 19 column concerning gun control and the fallacy behind most, if not all, gun control advocates arguments. His views are a light shinning through the darkness.

My 85-year-old mom and I live alone on a remote 40-acre farm in eastern Kentucky.  I'm 65 years old. Our nearest neighbors are about 1/4 to 1/2 mile away and the nearest small town is seven miles from our home. It would take law enforcement at least half an hour or more over twisting mountain roads to get to us in a “situation.”

We already have a theft problem stemming from the “Hillbilly Heroin” problem in our area, and it would not be a stretch to think that our home could be invaded by these same individuals. We could once trust our neighbors, but that is no longer necessarily true. We are heavily armed and if there is a ban on high capacity clips, etc., I won’t be counting on the potential home invader to comply with those restrictions, and neither will I.

So banning high capacity clips will make me a criminal, a criminal whose mom taught school in this county for 50 years, a criminal who is a father of two daughters and grandfather of seven. It is not hard to imagine a scenario where I could spend the rest of my life in jail if the gun control advocates have their way.

 I view the gun control people as the monsters and just as dangerous as the monster who killed those little kids. They, by their actions, endanger my life, my families lives and our overall ability to insure our own security.

Thomas Sowell makes sense; Dan Thomasson and Bonnie Erbe do not! Please stop giving extremists a voice through you paper.

 Thomas M. Tackett, Isonville

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